CAUTION!

“In the last days there will be VERY DIFFICULT TIMES!  

People will

•love only themselves and their money. 

•they will be boastful and proud, 

•scoffing at God, •disobedient to their parents, and •ungrateful. 

•they will consider nothing sacred. 

•they will be unloving and unforgiving; 

•they will slander others and 

•have no self-control. •they will be cruel and 

•hate what is good. •they will betray their friends, 

•be reckless, 

•be puffed up with pride, and 

•love pleasure rather than God. 

•they will act religious, but 

•they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:1-5‬ (nlt)

WATER

WATER – 75% of the earth’s surface is water.  Our body is made up of about 60%+ water.  Water is mentioned 722 times in the Bible and from the gitgo in:

•Genesis 1:2 (kjv) God reminds us:

“God’s Spirit was moving over the water.”

•We are baptized with water. “‘I baptize you with water to show that your hearts and lives have changed.’”

Matthew 3:11 (ncv)

•The woman at the Well said to Jesus,

“‘Sir, give me this water so I will never be thirsty. ….’”

John 4:15 (ncv)

•Medical science tells us that warm water therapy can be used to reduce anxiety, and help expectant mothers and fibromyalgia patients. Water is a healing agent. 

Although Samuel Taylor  Coleridge wrote “water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink,” (“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,”) and almost one billion people on earth do not have clean, fresh water, in this country, the USA, we have good, clean water available to us.  At the time of this writing temperatures are projected to exceed 100 degrees for the next few days in Sacramento.  I’m not a doctor, nor the son-of-a-doctor,  but I would certainly be within my right to recommend drinking cool, fresh, pure water in the next few days, and make WATER a regular part of your diet. 

Overcome Addiction

FASTING IS NOT a hunger strike. It helps you to overcome addictions, and gives God a chance to strengthen your resolve. 

“‘When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.’”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:16-18‬ (msg)

God’s presence will be strengthened, and your mental and physical condition will be refreshed. 

Remember the cereal “Mikey?” He said, “Try it. You’ll like it!”

Religious Games

The Jewish children of Jesus’ day played a game dividing into two groups. One group pretended to play musical instruments or singing. The second group responded in a manner totally out of character. Jesus responded to the religious leaders who gossiped against John the Baptist as being too strict and to Jesus as being too liberal in mercy and  joy.   They said of Jesus: “Look, a glutton and winebibber, a friend of sinners!”  

Read Matthew 11:16-19

His Face

JESUS had a happy face – His disciples tried to keep the little children away, but 
“when Jesus noticed he said to his disciples, “‘Let the children come to me, ….’”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:14‬

Children only run to someone who has a happy face. 

Charles Allen tells of when Bertel Thorvaldsen took a friend to see his famous statue of Christ with arms outstretched and head bowed between them, the friend said, “But I cannot see his face.”  The renowned sculptor answered, “If you would see the face of Christ, you must get on your knees.”
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“Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of Glory let me lift my voice;
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.”
(R. H. Cornelius)

Devious Times

“For thus saith the LORD of hosts, [do not allow the crazies out there] “deceive you, ….”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:8 (kjv)

“You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:3-5‬ ‭(msg)

Storms

IT IS THE HEIGHT OF STUPIDITY TO THINK WE COULD GOVERN OUR OWN DESTINY!

We ask for ease and God gives it to us. We ask for money and God gives. We ask for a multiplicity of pleasant things and God gives.

Then, things fall apart and we ask WHY? God answers, “You didn’t ask for storms.”

The Gossiper

A lady went to her priest and said, “I need forgiveness because I have been an awful gossiper in my village.” The priest said, “OK. I want you to pluck all the feathers off of a chicken and bring them back to me.” She did as instructed, went back to the priest and asked if she could be forgiven. The priest told her, “Not yet.  Take the feathers and throw them on the door step of everyone you gossiped against.” She did as instructed and went back to the Priest. “Now can I be forgiven?” 

Priest: “I have one more thing I want you to do.  Go back to the village, place all feathers in the bag and bring them back to me.” She cried out, “But that is impossible. They have all blown to the four winds.”

The priest sat quietly while she wept. 

Could it be that a person who gossips about a sinner is worse off than the one who committed the sin? Who knows – maybe comme ci, comme ça

Assurance

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED as you wander? I have. Most of us have.  Many of us have wondered if we are really, really accepted by God, saved, will make it to heaven, if this and if that. 

A good place to start for assurance is to read God’s word.  God cannot lie, therefore what he says in his word is an eternal promise!
“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, ….”
‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭16:31‬ ‭(nlt). 

Now, insert your name between the brackets:
“If [put your name here] believes in the Lord Jesus … he/she WILL BE SAVED ….”

No, you must not grieve the Spirit by acting like/living like the devil. You are accepted now, saved, so don’t continue to live like you lived in your “old” life. You have a new life. 
It’s a promise, God’s promise. 

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“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
O what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
“This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long.”
(Fanny J. Crosby)